Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz

Women Of The Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition To Women’s Section

04/21/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem - For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll Monday (April 20) after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Western Wall’s men’s section.

Western Wall Rabbi Accuses Waqf Of Incitement Over Restrooms Expansion

02/17/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem — The rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, condemned as “incitement” attempts by the Muslim Waqf to politicize the expansion of restrooms at the site.

Women Of The Wall Snuffed Out In Request For Hanukkah Candle-Lighting

12/14/2014 - 19:00

Jerusalem — A request by Women of the Wall to hold a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony in the women’s section of the holy site was denied.

Israel's Chief Rabbis Receive Death Threats Over Women Of Wall Prayer

06/02/2013 - 20:00

Israel’s chief rabbis received death threats in letters to their offices warning them to allow the Women of the Wall to pray “in accordance with our customs.”

The letters, headlined “This is a last warning,” were delivered Monday to the offices of Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar. A complaint was filed with the security officer of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Women Of The Wall Leader Harassed With Threatening Graffiti

05/19/2013 - 20:00

Threatening graffiti was spray-painted on the Jerusalem home of a longtime board member of Women of the Wall.

Western Wall Rabbi Hints At Rejection Of Sharansky Plan

04/24/2013 - 20:00

 Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism's holiest site.

In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against "the slightest deviation" from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky, which would create a permanent site for egalitarian prayer at a section of the Western Wall called Robinson's Arch, constituted such a deviation.

Women Arrested For Wearing Prayer Shawls At Western Wall

08/18/2012 - 20:00

Jerusalem police arrested and detained four women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall.

The women, members of Women of the Wall, were arrested Sunday during morning prayers, which included special prayers for the new Hebrew month of Elul.

Women of the Wall holds a special prayer service at the Western Wall each month for Rosh Chodesh, or the beginning of new month. The group has met once a month at the back of the women's section at the Western Wall for the last 20 years.

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